Hanuman langur

Scientific name 
Semnopithecus entellus
Hanuman langur


Hanuman langur

What they look like 

Hanuman langurs are large furry primates that are mainly grey in colour, with black faces and ears.

Animal facts 

  • Hanuman langurs are named after the Hindu god, Hanuman, the deity of healing and worship, who is often depicted as part-man, part-monkey.
  • There are seven species of langur spread across Asia.
  • Hanuman langurs from the north walk with their tales facing backwards, while Hanuman langurs from the south walk with their tales facing forwards.
  • Langurs can leap up to five metres and are fond of high places.
  • Langurs are very vocal animals, having as many as 19 different types of call for different occasions, from whoopping when they're happy to barking if they're surprised by a predator.

What they eat

Mainly herbivores, their wide-ranging diet consists of leaves, shrubs, shoots, roots, fruit and seeds, to name a few! They also eat spider webs, termite mounds and insect larvae.

Zoo keeper Jacob Winfield: "We give our langurs plenty of variety in their diet - they absolutely love sweet potato and beetroot. We've also been growing flowers especially for them to eat."


The Hanuman langur can be found in both moist deciduous forests and oak forests in high altitudes.

Where they live

Bhutan, northern India and Nepal


The Hanuman langur faces a number of threats from activities such as mining and firewood collection, as well as habitat loss and urbanisation. 

Conservation Status
Near threatened